A jiu-jitsu master named Ocean
Contact with nature, for example.
Master Rickson Gracie once taught in an interview with a Brazilian magazine:
"I'm an eternally childish person; I have fun all the time, with family and nature. I don't allow stress to knock on the door. In my view, the planet's great electromagnetic pole is in the water. It is my natural equalizer. If I start getting stressed, I jump into the water to relax."
But the contact with trails, the sea and nature isn't just therapeutic, as maintained nowadays by doctors themselves. As Rickson pointed out, the ocean can also be a great BJJ master—if you're looking out for its signs.
"Catching waves to me goes far beyond the maneuvers and skills on top of a board," he said. "It's an activity connected to the power of the ocean, to the force of nature. When the sea rises, for example, the first intelligent act is to feel fear. Never to the point of panicking, of course, but instead that feeling of fear that keeps us alert. Aware of the danger, you start acting in such a way as to avoid being submerged and falling off the board, and to think in a strategic way to avoid the risks and go back to land in one piece."
To Rickson, the ocean teaches one of the most valuable lessons a person can learn in life: that every now and then, things can—and will—escape your control. You have no power over the tides, the winds and the currents. But, like in the ocean, you just need to be calm, analyze the situation, swim with intelligence, and act correctly to avoid a crisis.
Rickson concluded: "In the ocean, we start to learn the importance of trying to become comfortable in the midst of discomfort, in the midst of the breaking of the waves. The ocean, therefore, has always been a great teacher to me—because we can't fight nature, or keep moving forward when the wave hits your head. You need to understand nature, and learn to deal with it in the best possible way. The sea brings great lessons, and surfing is just a wonderful bonus."